Read insights from the Reboot Foundation into topics like metacognition, media literacy, and how best to teach critical thinking. Our work is backed by the latest and most reliable research and designed to give readers ideas and information they can put to use immediately.
Social media changes how we think. It shifts how we reason. What’s more, social media can affect our mental health, and there’s a good amount of evidence that it makes people more anxious and depressed.
For example, studies have found links between social media envy and depression. And the impact of social media on youth is especially worrisome: social media is associated with lower psychological well-being among adolescents.
The way to combat fake news is to give young people the tools to think critically.
Governments around the world are scrambling to solve the problem of “fake news.” From Turkey to the United Kingdom to India to the United States, governments are taking tech companies to task, launching probes and decrying the spread of maliciously false information on social media platforms.
Is there a faster way to improve critical thinking? A growing body of research indicates that the answer is yes, that we can improve critical thinking through, short targeted interventions.
Critical thinking is a well-known, yet nebulous term. We all tend to have our own subjective definitions of critical thinking. Various researchers also define critical thinking differently, which leads to many different ways to study it. Some researchers choose to evaluate critical thinking by judging one’s thought process, while others focus on logic and reasoning errors.